Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon

by Insan Association
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Medical care for vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Insan's team in the field
Insan's team in the field

Dear friend,

As you all know Covid-19 pandemic is still not over and while Lebanon is waiting for the vaccine campaign to start, the country has gone through several local and national lockdowns to flatten the curve.

During the months of November, December and January we continued to provide medical assistance to refugees living in the camps. We handed them various medications such as painkillers and antipyretic pills (Panadol, Aspirin), flu medications, hypertension pills, digestive aids, heartburn and anti-nausea medications among others. We also provided financial support to beneficiaries in need of doctor’s appointments and examinations at a clinic or hospital. In these cases INSAN covered transportation costs and examination fees.

Because of the vast spread of Covid-19, high daily death toll and lockdowns almost all the psycho-social support activities were conducted remotely with the help of technology. Internet recharge cards were bought by INSAN and distributed to the beneficiaries so that they would be able to attend the online sessions. Physical intervention were carried out only with some high risk cases were remote online assistance would have been inadequate or impossible.

We sincerely hope that the arrival of vaccines in the coming months will help to put an end to the pandemic and free our already vulnerable beneficiaries from the additional burden.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN-team

PSS session with high risk children
PSS session with high risk children
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An awareness-raising session
An awareness-raising session

Dear friend,

The last three months of the project have passed very much under the same circumstances as the previous three. Covid-19 pandemic is still raging and regardless of the one-time decline in numbers after the first few months, the cases are now on the rise again. The densely populated informal refugee settlements that lack access to basic hygene facilities continue to be in the frontline of this pandemic.

Additionally, the economic crisis is ever deepening and the chances of finding a job are now even lower than they were before. Moreover, due to the Lebanese Pound’s rapid loss of value and rising prices, even the people who are working are not able to make the ends meet.

However, no matter how hard the circumstances, INSAN will always keep on working to ensure that everyone’s human rights are being respected. Even though we have had to make changes in our operations we continue to provide psycho-social and medical support for adults and children in Bekaa. As we are not able to go that much on the field ourselves these days, we are implementing our activities mainly through the community focal points. PSS activities and awareness raising sessions have been carried out via phone, WhatsApp, social media and other interactive methods from distance. Within the past 3 months we have reached approximately 1500 beneficiaries in 9 informal settlements.

At the same time we continue to provide emergency food parcels that include both basic necessities such as rice, oil and lentils, but also hygiene products which are crucial to stop the spread of Covid-19. By supplying these basic necessities, as well as conducting awareness-raising sessions on how to stop the spread of the virus we are doing our best to protect these communities in these uncertain and frightening times. Till now INSAN has distributed more than 1000 food and hygiene boxes to the most underprivileged families in Beirut’s suburbs and in Bekaa. 

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN-team

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 Dear friend, 

INSAN keeps working for the rights of refugees in Lebanon, providing psycho-social and medical support for adults and children, awareness raising activities for families, and educational and leisure activities for children. During the last couple of months, the challenges that refugees face in the camps have grown significantly. The economic situation in Lebanon, which has deteriorated since the beginning of the revolution in October 2019, and the onset of the COVID-19 in early 2020, have affected the vulnerable refugee populations disproportionality. Few families were able to earn any money due to lack of access to jobs, and regulations hindering their employment, even before the crisis, but the current situation has led to a lack of livelihood even for those who previously were able to find work.

This has prompted us at INSAN to increase our efforts, and now also provide emergency food parcels. The food parcels include both basic necessities such as rice, oil and lentils to sustain these vulnerable families, but also hygiene products. With limited access to hygiene facilities and clean water, refugees in informal settlements are at risk of contracting infectious diseases and viruses, such as the COVID-19. Through providing the refugees with basic hygiene products, as well as awareness-raising sessions on how to stop the spread of the virus we hope to be able to contribute to the protection of these communities in these uncertain and frightening times. INSAN was until now able to distribute more than 50 food and hygiene boxes to the most underprivileged families in Beirut suburbs and in the Bekaa, as an attempt to lessen the burden on these families and help in their daily struggles. 

During the last three months, INSAN has reached approximately 2000 beneficiaries in 8 informal settlements; providing them psycho-social support and awareness on different issues by using phone, whatsapp, social media and other interactive methods from distance.

Our social workers continue to reach out in the communities to identify protection issues and refer cases to other organisations and institutions where needed. 

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN-team

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During the last 3 months period, INSAN expanded it's work in PSS and health awareness in 3 new refugee camps. Hence, in total 5 refugee camps in the Bekaa valley are being regularly visited and assisted by the INSAN team.

A needs assessment was conducted in the new refugee camps by the INSAN team and a work plan was set up, the implementation of which has slowly started.

10 awareness sessions on good parenting, health awareness and other important issues raised during the assessment will be delivered to the parents in the camps in groups of 15 individuals. The groups to receive the sessions should not exceed 15 individuals, so that every individual can participate, share and learn.

PSS activities are also organized for the children in the 5 camps by INSAN's animators also in small groups of 20 children each.

Furthermore, several children were detected of having psychological needs and they are being followed up by the psychologist on a weekly basis and we can already see the progress from their behavior and participation in the group activities.

Finally, INSAN's social workers are continuing the outreach visits to the families in the camps and dealing with the different problems that the families are facing on a case by case basis, through INSAN's case management system and referrals to relevant services inside or outside of the organization.

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Dear friends,

 

During the past three months we have focused on the psychological support in the camps.

We have focused on this component of the project from the beginning and have witnessed a great amount of enthusiasm from the families and children to this kind of support. 

This popularity was mostly linked to the fact that most of our beneficiaries had to flee their country origin in haste, due to war and different kinds of violence. Most experienced a lot of trauma and distress through their journey to come here. Our psychological support program helps them to release a lot of the accumulated stress from their past.

We started by carrying out activities for children created and lead by our animators and psychologist. The first results appeared to have an impact on their behaviors; they seemed calmer, safer and more able to trust their relatives and others.

We also started to provide group psychological sessions and individual meetings for the most extreme and urgent cases (suicide attempt or violence).

We recently hired a new psychologist and are now able to put in the necessary effort for individual therapy. It’s still too soon to evaluate those sessions, but the so far we have seen progress (judging from the beneficiary’s feedback). We have also noticed that more and more parents and families are coming to us spontaneously, in order to make appointments with the psychologist. This proves that our efforts in this area are remedial and necessary for our beneficiaries.

 

Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to help more and more vulnerable and marginalized people despite the difficulty to fulfill growing needs and demands.

On behalf of the whole Insan team, we wish to thank you wholeheartedly for providing us with the means of achieving our goals.

 

Warm regards,

Insan team

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Insan Association

Location: Beyrouth - Lebanon
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Lala arabian
Beyrouth, Lebanon
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